Ran has been the Director-General at the Ramon Foundation since June 2015. During his tenure at the Foundation, it transformed from a small nonprofit to one of Israel’s most prominent nonprofits and a significant cornerstone in the Israeli space eco-system. Ran led the Foundation to support the growth of the Israeli space eco-system, facilitating major space conferences, meetups, executive space course, and innovation workshops. These events and other networking platforms position the Foundation as the ‘gateway’ to the Israeli space sector. As of August 2021, the Foundation has over 95 employees and a yearly budget of around 100 Mil. Nis. Aside from its spacetech activities, Foundation also operates education programs and teachers training in Israel, Southeast Asia, Africa & South America. In 2021 the Foundation signed a contract with Eytan Stibbe & Axiom space. It became the first nonprofit ever to lead a crewed space mission as part of the AX1 mission. Ran has been involved with Social entrepreneurship since 2008 and demonstrated successful history of managing, developing, planning, and executing international projects. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Ran worked for 3.5 years as the head of business development at the strategic consulting company T.A.R.A. Ran has consulted leading public enterprises in Israel: local communities, Institutions of higher education, Hospitals, and Nonprofit organizations. Ran was the Chairman of the student union in Tel-Aviv university till 2011 and as a member of the governing council of the national association of Israeli students. Among the rest, Ran was one of the founders of the entrepreneurship center in Tel-Aviv University and initiated the Housing Scholarship Fund of the Tel Aviv municipality. Ran was the Chairman of the board of “Dyonun” and established the community interest company – “Xtra Student.” Ran is an international space university alumni (ESC 2019), he has a BA in Sociology and Literature from Tel-Aviv University, MBA in Business Management-Global strategy from IDC Herzliya, and graduated from the Grubb institution’s Leadership program in London, Aside from his work at the Ramon Foundation, Ran was also a faculty member at the academic program – Global Consulting Practicum at the IDC Herzliya and Wharton school for business management in the USA. Ran is also a board member of 3 different organizations.
Moderator: Inbal Kreiss
Head of Innovation, Systems Missiles and Space Division, IAI; Head of Technological RAKIA Mission to the International Space Station
Inbal Kreiss is the former Director of the Israeli Arrow 3 Missile Defense Program, an exo-atmospheric state of-the-art Interceptor. Inbal's leadership in space systems Development & Innovation has contributed significantly to Israel's national space challenges, one of those are the 1st Israeli spacecraft ('Beresheet') challenging journey to the moon! Inbal received various awards for her contribution including the Technological Entrepreneurship Award from the International Aerospace Conference for brilliant concept in missile defense and the IAI award for Arrow 3 successful flight test. In 2012 Inbal was awarded the “Woman of the Year” by Lady Globes Magazine and in 2014 was voted as one of the 10 most inspiring women in Tech in Asia & the Middle East. In 2016 she selected by the Israel Defense Magazine as the 'women of the year' Inbal holds a B.S.C in Engineering, graduated with honors from the Technion, an Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A) Degree with honors from Tel-Aviv University, and was a researcher in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, Boston.
Dr. St. Germain is the Division Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the entire agency’s Earth Science portfolio, from technology development, applied science, research, mission implementation and operation. Prior to coming to NASA, Dr. St. Germain was the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Systems (DAAS), for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. She guided the ongoing development and deployment of NOAA’s two major satellite programs (the Joint Polar Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite – R series), the COSMIC-2 mission, and the Space Weather Follow-On. She also led the development of the next-generation capabilities that will replenish and augment these systems in the future. Prior to becoming the DAAS, Dr. St. Germain served as the Director of the Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) where she led NOAA’s enterprise-level architecture development to define NOAA future spaceborne capabilities. Dr. St. Germain is a leader in enterprise-level planning and multi-organizational programs of national significance. She is also an expert in major systems acquisition, with particular proficiency in transitioning new technology into operational systems. Prior work for NOAA included leading all aspects of system performance during the development of the Suomi-NPP system, from 2006 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. St. Germain served in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L). There, she led the DoD 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review for Space, a special assignment task for the Deputy Secretary of Defense to develop a strategy and implementation plan for adapting to evolving challenges in the space domain. Dr. St. Germain also led the Remote Sensing and Prompt Strike Division within SSI, where she was responsible for acquisition shaping and oversight of DoD strategic missile warning and space-based environmental monitoring portfolio. Dr. St. Germain had a successful research career at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Nebraska, and the Naval Research Laboratory. She has performed research aboard ice-breakers in the Arctic and Antarctic, flown through hurricanes and tropical storms on NOAA’s P-3 airplanes and measured glacial ice on a snowmobile traverse of the Greenland ice sheet. She also led the modeling and calibration of the WindSat Coriolis mission, the first space-borne radiometer to measure ocean surface wind direction. Dr. St. Germain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1993). She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy in 2013.
Distinguished Scientist and Scientific Secretary, ISRO
Mr. Umamaheswaran R, has made significant contribution to the system integration, checkout and avionics of ISRO’s launch vehicles viz PSLV, GSLV & GSLV-Mk III. He has been the Chief Designer (Integration) of major subassemblies including Equipment Bay of the Launch vehicle. Many of the mission critical circuits residing in the vehicle including the entire pyro chain for all the three launch vehicles has been designed by him. He completed B Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering (1985) MS in Software System (2007) and MA in Russian Language (1996). He joined VSSC in 1987. Over the years, he has evolved as a domain expert in the field of system electrical integration, checkout, ground station and avionics. He was also the Vehicle Director for the remarkably successful GSLV D5/GSAT-14 Mission with the indigenous cryo stage. He took over the assignment of Project Director, GSLV with effect from July 1, 2014. As Mission Director of the GSLV-D6, GSLV F05 & GSLV F09 Missions, he led the entire ISRO Team and successfully accomplished the missions. He also led the Operational Launch Vehicle Team of Avionics Production, Hardware Production, Structural analysis and Control guidance to enable & successfully deliver the products for the increased frequency of PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk III missions. As DD, AVN, he led a team of young enterprising Engineers, for the development of miniaturized avionics, Electro Mechanical Actuation Systems in L40, GS2 & S200 EGC systems. From May 4th 2018 onwards, he has taken charge as Associate Scientific Secretary, ISRO HQ and as Scientific Secretary, ISRO from August 1st onwards. He is the current Chair of the Long Term Sustainability (LTS) working group of the STSC of UNCOPUOS. He became a Member for Section 2 on Engineering Sciences of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2021. He has been awarded ISRO Individual Merit Award-2013, ISRO Team Award-2006 (PSLV), 2014 (GSLV) and ISRO Outstanding Achievement Award (2018). He also received the ASI-ISRO Award for the year 2016. He is Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and Astronautical Society of India(ASI), Life Member of Systems Society of India (SSI) and Indian Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (ISAMPE). He is recipient of Honoris Causa from the Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai (2019).
Arie has 35 years of experience in the space industry and was among the founders of the space business line at IAI. Arie held various positions during his career there, from team leader and Director for space technologies to General Manager of IAI's space division. From 2003 to 2006, Arie was the managing Director of IAI Asia, where he led IAI business there. Arie left IAI in late 2011 to be active in the revolutionary "New Space" market. In 2013, Arie founded the start-up Effective Space Solutions which was active in the orbit servicing and space logistics fields. Arie led the company from its concept phase to maturing its services and signing its first significant service agreement. In 2020, Arie led the sale of Effective Space assets and IP to Astroscale, founded Astroscale Israel and has been managing the company since then. Arie holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University and did graduate studies on the "Management of System Engineering" at the Reccanaty management faculty of Tel Aviv University.
Senior Director for New Space Solutions, Elbit Systems
Mr. Greisman Ran is Elbit Systems’ Senior Director for New Space Solutions. Formerly a pilot at the Israeli air force, his main expertise includes management of interdisciplinary, international aerospace programs and businesses, corporate strategic analysis, and solution portfolio management. Academic achievements includes an MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg (serving as an Individual Governance Member), an Executive International MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an extensive BA in Economics (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.
Elly Perets joined Utilis in 2015. Previously, he founded Progressive Labs and served as the CEO, providing an innovative SAAS based software solution for retailers worldwide. Elly served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Pageflex Inc., a US based company, operating from Marlborough MA, providing web-based branding, documenting compassion engines and campaign management solutions. Elly has a vast knowledge in Theory of Constraints having served as a consultant at the Goldratt Group. Prior to that, Elly served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Press-sense Ltd., a web-based software management systems provider. Elly Holds a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, The Wharton School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science as well as a Law degree (L.L.B) and a Business degree from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia, Israel.
Dr. Neta Lavon
CTO and Vice President of Research and Development, Aleph Farms
Dr. Lavon is an expert with 20 years of experience in stem cell applications in biotechnology, specializing in the commercialization of emerging technologies for industrial utilization. Prior to Aleph Farms, she was COO of the biotech company Kadimastem, where she developed cell therapy products for ALS and diabetes patients. Previously, she worked as a researcher at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles where she established 25 novel pluripotent stem cell lines. Dr. Lavon holds a PhD in Genetics, an M.Sc. in Biotechnology and a B.Sc. in Food Sciences from the Hebrew University in Israel. In 2017 upon Aleph Farms establishment. Dr. Lavon joined the company as the VP of R&D, to lead the technological strategy of the company. Today Neta is the company’s Chief Technology Officer, overseeing research and development and scale-up of technology platforms towards production of various products from animal cell cultures. Aleph Farms grows beef steaks from non-genetically engineered cells isolated from a cow, without slaughter. Aleph Farms released the world’s first cultivated steak in 2018 on earth and the world’s first cultivated steak in space in 2019. The company’s vision is to provide unconditional nutrition for anyone, anytime, anywhere.
Avi Shabtai is the CEO of Ramon.Space, a leading provider of space resilient computing systems, paving the way for earth-like computing infrastructure in Space. With an extensive background in business and technology leadership from startups to publicly traded companies, his career spans various industries including wireless, data centers, networking, and space. Avi has pursued his passion for deep technology innovation via his leadership of several companies around the globe, including his most recent position as CEO of MultiPhy Inc., specializing in high-speed integrated circuits for the data center market. Prior to MultiPhy, he held several executive positions as VP and GM at Alvarion Technologies (ALVRQ), VP R&D at Tiaris, Director of Engineering at Metalink (MTLK), and the Intelligence Unit of the Israeli Defense Force. Avi holds an MSc and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and is an SMP graduate of the Technion Institute of Management.
Dr. Francesco Longo
Head of Earth Observation Division, Italian Space Agency
Francesco Longo is the Head of the Earth Observation Division of the Italian Space Agency, the National Delegate to the EU Copernicus Committee and to the ESA Earth Observation Program Board (PBEO). Born in Italy in 1971, he gained a university M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering at “Politecnico di Torino”, as well as a M.Sc. degree in Astronautical Engineering and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Rome “Sapienza”, completing also a Master in Space Systems Engineering (MSSE) at the Delft University of Technology (NL). In 2006 he started his professional career at ASI, where since 2015 he has been in charge of the Program Office set up for the EO national missions and the SAR COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation constellation (CSG). Before that, between 2013 and 2015, he was the program manager for various EO missions such as the hyperspectral mission PRISMA, the PLATINO missions equipped with mono and bi-static SAR and with multispectral thermal infrared sensors. Previously, between 2006 and 2013, he was in charge of various planetary exploration programs carried out in collaboration with NASA JPL (e.g. Jiram and KaT instruments on the JUNO mission, launched in 2011) and with ESA (e.g. Simbio-sys, ISA and MORE instruments on the BepiColombo Mission to Mercury, launched in 2018). Between 1998 and 2005 he worked at the “San Marco Project” Research Center of the University of Rome “Sapienza” in Malindi (Kenya), where he was responsible for the in situ geophysical station (with atmospheric ozono-sounding in the frame of the SHADOZ NASA program) and the X-Band remote sensing station.
Dr. Frédéric Bretar is a French Engineer and a scientist. He was a researcher in Lidar and image processing at the French National Survey (IGN) before heading a laboratory in Earth Sciences. He then served as a diplomat for some years in China (Shanghai & Hong Kong) and lately joined the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) to develop and manage the Space Climate Observatory.
Dr. Ninio Greenberg is a space and satellite expert with over 20 years of experience in the space sector. She contributes to the global space ecosystem by leading groundbreaking technological and scientific projects, managing the academic research field at the Israel Space Agency, advising startups and nonprofits in Israel and abroad. Dr. Ninio Greenberg is the Academic Research and Technology Projects Senior Advisor at the Israel Space Agency at the Ministry of Science and Technology. She leads the bilateral projects with the UAE Space Agency on behalf of the Israel Space Agency. She serves as an Israel Space Agency’s representative for UNOOSA STSC activities. Ninio Greenberg is a planetary scientist. She holds a Ph.D. from the Cometary Research Laboratory in the School of Environment and Earth Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. She is the former Head of Space Technologies section at the Israeli Air Force (Major, Res) leading development projects of remote sensing systems, feasibility and performance study of New Space trends.
Professor and Executive Director, Translational Research Institute for Space Health, Baylor College of Medicine
Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director for the Translational Research Institute for
Space Health (TRISH), a NASA-funded cooperative agreement with a consortium led by Baylor
College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, TX and includes the California Institute of Technology in
Pasadena, CA and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Under Dr.
Donoviel’s leadership, the mission of TRISH is to lead a national effort in translating cutting
edge emerging terrestrial biomedical research and technology development into applied space
flight human risk mitigation strategies for human exploration missions. Prior to TRISH, Dr.
Donoviel served as deputy chief scientist and Industry Forum Lead for the National Space
Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Before her work with TRISH and NSBRI, Dr. Donoviel
worked in the private sector, where she led metabolism drug discovery programs at Lexicon
Pharmaceuticals in Houston, TX.
Under Dr. Donoviel’s leadership, the NSBRI successfully completed a pathfinding international
study collaborating with the German Space Agency to use their brand new spaceflight analog
facility, :envihab. This groundbreaking pilot study resulted in more than 5 scientific publications,
and paved the way for NASA to use a ground-based model for the highest risk to human health
in low earth orbit, the Spaceflight Associated Neuro-ocular Syndrome.
TRISH, under Dr. Donoviel’s leadership, has matured into a highly successful innovation
research program that serves NASA and the Nation’s needs. During the 2019 pandemic, when
academic laboratories were shuttered, Dr. Donoviel directed funded researchers to pivot their
work towards developing novel diagnostics, therapeutics, and medical training to fight the
pandemic. This enabled the researchers to get back to work to demonstrate novel approaches
that combat the virus response at the same time as they demonstrated proof of principle for a
medical application for spaceflight.
Dr. Donoviel’s vision, and ability to bring multiple stakeholders together to work toward a
common cause, has enabled TRISH to build EXPAND, the first ever human research database
and repository to collect data and biospecimens from private spaceflight participants. Working
closely with SpaceX and their first all commercial crew, Inspiration4, TRISH successfully
implemented a scientifically robust space research program and completed data collection in
Dr. Donoviel is the recipient of awards from the NASA Human Research Program and was
awarded the NSBRI Pioneer Award. She continues to author numerous scientific articles and
papers in academic journals and is a sought-after expert for interviews by news organizations,
both regionally, nationally, and internationally. She regularly authors opinion pieces on the
importance of health research in spaceflight. Dr. Donoviel has been, and continues to be, a
keynote speaker about space health concerns, science, and biomedical innovations at
numerous domestic and international conferences.
Dr. Donoviel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical
Biology and the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a long-
standing Faculty Senator and serves on the College’s Institutional Policy Committee. Dr.
Donoviel’s training includes a B.A. in Biochemistry at University of California, San Diego, and a
Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. Dr. Donoviel also performed
postgraduate training at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Eshel is Elbit Systems’ Senior Director managing space observation business
unit. Guy holds a BsC in aerospace engineering from the Technion in Israel and MBA from
Tel Aviv University. Before joining Elbit Systems in 2015, Guy served with the Israeli
air force for 23 years in which he had a lot of fun doing flight and missile testing.